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Severe winter storms cause millions in insured damage in southern Alberta

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EDMONTON, AB. – It has been a very costly winter so far when it comes to damage caused by storms.

Severe weather across Alberta and Saskatchewan has caused more than $134 million in insured damage.

Both storms happened last month.

One between January 12th and 14th with strong wind across southern Alberta causing damage in the Lethbridge, Taber, and Calgary areas. That resulted in about $100 million in damage in the two provinces.

A week later, snowsqualls with extreme wind caused extensive damage. One wind gust west of Calgary was clocked as high as 193 km/h during that storm. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) says that resulted in downed trees and power lines, busted roofs, and damaged siding. Insured damage from that two day weather event was pegged at around $32 million.

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Standard home and business insurance policies cover wind damage, and auto policies will cover wind damage if the owner purchased comprehensive coverage.

“Once again severe storms have caused havoc in Western Canada,” said Aaron Sutherland, Acting Vice-President, Western and Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada. “These events are examples of the increasing impact of extreme weather and the need to increase investment in measures to adapt and better protect Canadians from coast to coast.”

Alberta has experienced more severe weather events over the past ten years than any other region in Canada.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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